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in utah. >>> toyota says it hasn't been notified about a multimillion dollars fine from the u.s. government. sources say the government is proposing 16 and a half million dollars in fines for toyota, saying the car maker failed to quickly alert regulate% a dangerous defect with gas pedals in millions of its vehicles. once that fine is handed down toyota has two weeks to accept or contest it. >>> police are investigating a fatal car crash in northeast baltimore overnight. these are photos by a wjz freelancer. a single vehicle crashed at more ravian road and sinclair line. one person is dead. one other person was take to be johns hopkins hospital. we have no word on their current condition at this hour. >>> at the state house in annapolis, time running out to pass much talked about pieces of legislation including tougher laws against sex offenders. right now it looks like that might not happen. andrea fujii is live with the latest. >> good morning andrea. >> reporter: good morning everyone. there are nearly half a dozen pieces of legislation waiting to the be voted on, strengthe
those words with an announcement that it will seek a fine against toyota of $16 million for failing to notify officials . starting as off is dave shepardson of "detroit news." many people saw the headline -- regulators seeking a fine of $16.40 million against toyota. the statement said "if upheld." why does it say that? >> toyota gets to formally denied decide whether it wants to appeal the fine. this is by far the largest ever find that nhtsa has sought to impose. the previous was $1 million against general motors in 2004. the amounts are symbolic, given that these are companies with hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue. $16 million is a rounding error for them. >> what happens next? have you heard from toyota? if it goes to court, how long would the process take? >> toyota has two weeks to respond and say they will pay the fine or challenge it. nhtsa has to decide if it is going to uphold the fine. if toyota continues to challenge it, they will go to the district court to get a job to uphold it. that process could take several months if toyota decides to fight it. >> the tra
. sales of ford's "f" series picked up. they had marched increases. and even the toyota tundra sought its march sales jumped 94%. -- saw it'ss march sales jumped 94%. here is a bloomberg business report. >> another sign of improvement in the labour market. home depot is adding jobs for the first time in four years. they are anticipating a rebound in sales. heather -- healthy demand for paint is one reason. the treasury department is made more than $10 billion in profits. it may end up losing money on the tarp program. stocks continued to climb higher yesterday. growth in the service industry was seen. the local bloomberg maryland and that also saw a gain. an aluminum giant will have thousands of dollars in charges. a report of next week. other carriers are charging 13% more for the travel season. the average round-trip fare jumped four rockets $71 from 4 rogers $15 years ago. -- $471 from $415 years ago. but hotel rates are still cheap this summer. wbal tv 11 news. >> millions of women suffer from migraines that can be brought on from a variety of triggers such as food, stress, lack of sl
february. toyota has two weeks to accept or fight the penalties. >> we have a developing story out of pakistan, where authorities are investigating a car bomb and grenade attack. the white house says that it has great concern about the attack. it left four people dead. islamic militants are said to have unleashed the attack. the violence comes hours after a suicide attack at a political rally that killed 45 people. >> coming up, an amazing story of survival. how 100 coal miners got through eight days trapped underground. >> university students took the first ladies' challenge, and now they will be rewarded. >> some parts of our viewing area will get some thunderstorms. that is still to come on abc7 thunderstorms. that is still to come on abc7 >> watching abc7 news at 6:00 p.m. with gordon peterson, chief meteorologis and sports. this is abc7 news at 6:00 p.m., on your side. >> breaking news of west virginia where a coal mine explosion has occurred. six people are dead and 21 are unaccounted for. it happened in raleigh karr county. -- in raleigh counted. -- raleigh county good >>> n
. this is brought to you by your toyota dealer. buy right the first time, you'll save in the long run. we'll send it to ron matz now. >> we're in park heights. you're talking about the nfl draft. rebuilding the teams. we're rebilling together baltimore. and 800 volunteers will be hitting the streets tomorrow. we're with the executive director. >> what are we doing in park heights. well, this morning, we're preparing for work taking place tomorrow at this house in park heights and we have 40 volunteers working on this house tomorrow. it's part of a blitz we're doing in the neighborhood helping low-income homeowners, the homeowners are seniors and people with disabilities and families with children and we have volunteers to help them and we need more skilled volunteers. >> and that's what i was going to ask you, you need carpenters electricians and people with hvac skills. we need people that do that all around. mostly seniors to be able to stay in their homes. we'll do energy efficiency work and safety work. and if people want to volunteer, they can call us or they can go to the website. >> and th
for drivers. toyota's latest troubles coming >>> charges are being considered today in the case of a tennessee woman who sent her recently adopted russian son back to moscow. torre hanson put the 7-year-old child on a one-way flight back to russia last week. she attached a note saying that the orphanage she adopted him from failed to disclose psychological problems. an attorney is havinging child abandonment charges but may have to be filed in virginia. the loudoun county prosecutor says that alone does not give him jurisdiction to prosecute and does not plan to bring charges. >>> a verdict in a multimillion dollar sex abuse lawsuit against the boy scouts of america. jurors in the oregon case have ordered the organization to pay a portland man $1.4 million because of repeated sexual abuse he suffered from a scout master back in the '80s. the jury decided the scouts are libel for punitive damages and negative general for failing to take steps for preventing abuse after keeping a secret list of suspected ped fills for -- pedophiles. >>> the nebraska's republican governor signed an abortion law t
size underneath that seat, too. new developments on toyota, reports suggesting the company notified the european distribute tors about sticking -- distributors and sticky gas pedals weeks before telling the u.s. government and why would that be, if true and the fox business network, cheryl casony is working that sorry, and the information shows toyota hid the information from the u.s. on purpose? >> it potentially could show that, yes, they hid it from the u.s., and, they also mischaracterized the issues, with the vehicles. and it goes back to september, bill, for toyota, they notified europe, western european distribute tors in israel and turkey of sudden acceleration and brake problems and toyota still maintains, as of today, these were separate issues. and expect that that of course is going to be questioned, going forward. because they say we notified europe about these issues but the u.s. issues were different. but, if you look at the documents, bill, the associated press pulled together, and examined, the same documents that ray lahood, the transportation secretary looked at,
toyota. a record $16.4 million penalty for the automaker's alleged failure to quickly tell regulators about gad pedal problems. phil lebeau covers the car industry for us. seems like regulators are sending a message to toyota with this fine they are looking to pursue. >> yeah, this is the way the federal government is saying to toyota, you know what? we're not happy with the way this thing played out over last six months, specifically the handling of the recall notices and the sfiky gad psticky gad p. in fact, documents show they knew about it on september 29th but there wasn't a recall in the united states until january 21st. federal law says you must notify the national highway traffic safety administration within five days of knowledge of a defect. toyota went several months before announcing the defect. remember, february 1st is when they said this is the fix for these sticky gas pd edals. $16.4 million, that's the fine. the largest possible fine that they can put against toyota and that's what it is coming from nhtsa to toyota in the case of this recall issue. >> phil lebeau, tha
is over. we need to come clean. that's what herb miller, toyota's then group vice president told his colleagues in an e-mail referring to the safety problems just five days before toyota announced the recall. phil lebeau joins us now. what's toyota's response? >> they are not specifically commenting about the e-mail, but they say they understand they've done a poor job of communicating. this is a copy of it. one of 70,000 document that is the federal government has been going over in looking at how toyota handled the recall for sticky gas pedals. it's clear that some toyota executives realized they had to come out and say something. although it was sent five days before the recall. one of the quotes in this -- then saying they need to work out a resolution with the national highway safety administration. as interesting as the wording is here, lawyers who have sued the company and are planning on taking the company to court, almost all say the same thing. which is great for the public fodder. not sure how much this is going to help their cases in course aside from the fact it's one mo
about when you're going to need your umbrella next. >>> toyota agrees to pay a multi-million fine but is not accepting responsibility fo of vehicles. we'll be back. [ sneezes ] ♪ music plays ♪ [ sneezing ] ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] what are you gonna miss when you have an allergy attack? benadryl® is more effective than claritin® at relieving your worst symptoms -- runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes -- and works when you need it most. benadryl®. you can't pause life. >>> pay 9 fine without the guilt. that's essentially the deal that toyota and the government made. the automaker will pay a record $16 million related to the sticky pedal problems but some say that will do little to repair the image of a now troubled brand or to restore any good will among consumers. the government says toyota knew about sticky gas problems and that violates a law which requires an automaker to aalert nitza of a safety defect within five days. transportation secretary ray la hood said that put consumers at risk. the penalty is the most the government could seek but doesn't address a wigger
in a decade. and it is just the latest safety concern for parent company toyota. nbc's leanne gregg has more. >> reporter: just what toyota didn't need -- don't buy recommendation from "consumer reports" for the 2010 lexus gx 460 suv because of rollover risks. >> we are telling people not to buy it until that is fixed. >> reporter: the problem, electronics stability control system, reportedly doesn't intervene quickly enough when the vehicle slides out of control during sweeping turns. those findings from "consumer reports" standard handling test. >> the rear wheel could slooif off the pavement or hit a curb that could lead to a tripped rollover. >> reporter: adding to rollover concerns the gx is tall with a high center of gravity. consumer watchdog group says no other suv in recent years slid out as far as the lexus gx. the don't buy recommendation follows toyota's recall of a dozen vehicle models in recent months over sudden acceleration issues. a crisises that it damaged its reputation. in a statement released by lexus, the car maker says, quote, we will try to duplicate the consumer repo
to fly over the volcano to get a better look at what's going on. >>> we have another toyota recall to tell you about. the car maker says it is recalling about 600,000 sienna minivans. cables could snap while driving. the spare could fall into the road and become a hazard for other drivers. but only affects siennas in cold-weather states. >>> haiti's top prosecutor denies the country dropped charges against american missionaries accused of kidnapping 33 children after january's earthquake. yesterday, a spokesman told cnn the kidnapping charges against nine missionaries were dropped. but haiti's attorney general said that is incorrect. adding that a judge will decide whether a case goes to trial or not. a senior state department official also told cnn the charges were dropped. the missionary group's leader is still behind bars. >>> convicted sex offender john gardner pleaded guilty to killing a 17-year-old and a 14-year-old. in june, he is expected to get two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. his plea spares him from a possible death sentence. the families
their sales. and in spite of recent bad publicity, toyota is on that list. chris bury has e >> reporter: for all its recent troubles, the massive recalls, the public relations fiascos, the embarrassment of having executives hauled before congress, toyota enjoyed sizzling sales last month. up 41% over last year. the big reason, generous incentives that lured back customers. >> it's clear that there are a lot of loyal toyota customers out there that were ready and willing to take advantage of these incentives once toyota put them in place. >> reporter: toyota fought its image battles with an aggressive advertising campaign. >> we want to believe that we can always be better. >> reporter: the biggest incentives in toyota history -- nearly $2,300 per vehicle -- helped turn around two straight months of declining sales. and american carmakers were on a hot streak too. >> the rebates are great, the finance rates are wonderful, and people are realizing that ford has got the car. >> reporter: at ford, sales were up nearly 40%. gm up 22%. chrysler, still struggling, posted an 8% decline. america
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week. >> the toyota sports desk, brought to you by your local toyota dealers -- moving forward. >>> quarterback donovan mcnabb -- got to get used to saying that. how does $13 million a year sound to you? he is 33 yrs old. he has been to the championship five times and played in one super bowl. when he was introduced as the newest redskin, he is now the face of this franchise. the success of this ballclub is directly tied to his arm and legs. >> i have landed here in washington. >> the ex-eagle has landed. donovan mcnabb was released as redskins quarterback, a reality that seemed implausible days ago. >> it is like being drafted again. you're going through all the emotions of learning new plays, being here with the guys. >> heaid he would have liked to stay in philadelphia, but the eagles are going with a youth movement. >> i never thought 33-years old was old, but i guess it is old. >> he has been criticized for never winning the big one, but so was john elway before mike shanahan trained him in denver. >> they finished three super bowls. hopefully, i can fall behind that. >> t
kids' swimwear is 55% off. go to to see everything on sale. jcpenney. >>> the toyota sports desk, brought to you by your local toyota dealers. moving you forward. >>> washington nationals continue to have the problems with the national league champions. another losing cause in philadelphia tonight. things are looking good for the nationals early. take some of the middle. alberto gonzalez, come on home. nats, 5-4 at that point. the phillies taking it -- phillies 14-7. >>> in baltimore, a pair of home runs with the rays bombing the orioles. they fall to one in eight, there were start to a season since 1988 -- their worst start to a season since 1988. >>> game one of the playoffs for the capitals. they are welcome the montreal canadiens. winning the stanley cup is premature. he is thinking about just montreal. >> our goal is to win it. if it takes eight games, we play eight games. the minute you start thinking it is important to win it in four or five, you are in trouble. we are playing a good hockey team that has beaten us twice this year. we anticipate a long series. we hope
. >>> the toyota sports desk, brought to you by your local toyota dealers -- moving you forward. >>> the capitals are preparing for a big night tonight. >> horace holmes is live at the verizon center for the first playoff game. >> the first one, hopefully of a long string of games. i don't know if you have a chance to come down and see the playoffs, but there is absolutely nothing like playoff hockey in this building. the fans are already pouring in. the energy level is way up. it will explode after fans see this. a while ago, they tested the video that will play during player introductions. when they drop the puck, it should be a hard-fought game. they have a lot of respect for their opponent tonight, the montreal canadiens. >> we have been working hard all year to get to this moment. now was when we have fun. >> what to expect from montreal? >> their power play is tremendous and the goaltending is tremendous. there are a very respected opponent. i think we have some areas we may be able to expose. we're not going to be surprised by them. we will play as hard as we can. >> what have you learned
. sports is coming up. >>> the toyota sports desk, brought to you by your local toyota dealers -- moving you forward. >>> the washington nationals in new york state, taking on the new york mets. ijohn lanon's parents made the trip from queens to watch. top of the second, willie terrace, he dials up long, in the gap. come on home. the nationals up 3-0. all of our progress, -- oliver perez, that blooper false. still tied, taveras up the middle. adam iundunn plates hit. watch this game saving catch, stretching out. grabs it. washington wins. the skipper likes how his team competed today. >> just typical rig down to the end. reyes made at great play in the night and i thought he is leading off now, he isumped up. sure enough, he started out with a base hit. but we made a great play in left field to save it. >>> hockey, guess what, the beat goes on for the watch the capitals, continuing to get the wins and points going into the postseason. the atlanta thrashers last night, in a phone booth, alexander ovechkin, the best wrist shot in the game. this one-timer gets by the goalie. ovechkin had hi
. febreze. it's a breath of fresh air. h ntis >>> developing story on toyota. the federal government imposed a maximum penalty on toyota, $16 million, the fine is the biggest issued ever against the car company. the transportation department says it took toyota too long to tell the government about defective gas pedals. toyota has two weeks to appeal the fine. >>> the stock market on a five-week roll flirting with the 11000 mark. a far cry from where we were a year ago. what is driving up the dow? looks like a slight enomic rebound. melanie alnwick has more in our minute money. >> some of this was a catch-up reaction to a bit of good news on the job front we had with the labor report. several oer green shoots as they like to call them are also coming up. investors continued the rally moving closer to a psychological bench mark of 11,000. the dow hasn't closed above that mark since september 29, 2008. consumers are feeling more optimistic. home sales are on the rise according to the national association of realtors. february contracts up more
of silence will be held starting at 10:02 this morning. >>> toyota will apparently pay up rather hand fight. an official in the transportation department says toyota is expected to agree to pay a record $16.4 million in fines over those tea detective gas pedals rather than go to court. toyota wait waited four months to tell federal officials about the problem and under a recall. >>> >>> coming up next, which airlines say they will not be charging customers the controversial extra cash to bring your bag on the plane. >>> the pope talks to a group of sex abuse victims in what was said to be an emotional meeting. ♪ spread a little love today ♪ spread a little somethin' to remember ♪ ♪ spread a little joy and see ♪ need a little happiness to be ♪ ♪ living the life with me >>> rescue crews are searching for more than 250 still missing after that 6.9 earthquake in china's remote tibetan region. the president of china toured the area where more than 1700 people were killed and most of the structures collapsed. the chinese president promising victims the communist party and government
. >> the military says a u.s. soldier was killed during the assault when a helicopter ended up crashing. >>> toyota agrees to pay a record fine, but its problems are not over. why the fallout from its sticking accelerator recall is only the beginning. >>> real estate developer donald trump is known for saying exactly what he thinks. so what does he think about the real estate market and the economy in general? poppy harlow said down to kind of pick his brain. i think we sometimes forget that he did make some money in real estate because we just think of him as a personality now. >> a lot of it. not just the one saying "you're fired" on the apprentice. we talked. it was a long talk about the economy, jobs, housing and the recovery. he spoke in depth that the fear of the fall of commercial real estate, office buildings, et cetera, could be worse than the decline of the housing market. he address that had and more. take a quick look. >> in terms of commercial real estate in general, the fear is that it will be worse than the housing fallout. do you think that's possible? >> i don't think
? here's what we got on the run down. toyota's new luxury model suv taken on a test drive. the testers didn't like where they wound up. now they're telling you actually not to buy this. how big a deal is it? i'm going to talk to a top tester at consumer report and a mechanic. >>> plus, does the booef in your fridge contain pesticides, veterinary drugs, even heavy metals? a federal says it might and is blaming the federal government for failing to keep it out of your food supply. >>> also another shake-up in late night. george lopez is getting shaken. this time he's laughing it off. well, maybe. i'll show you what he had to say. >>> but first, don't buy safety risk. those strong and rare words from consumer reports magazine. very trusted source. feeding a public relations nightmare for toyota. carmaker's new luxury suv, the 2010 lexus gx460 is coming under fire for "consumer reports" which says it may be prone to rollovers in merge handling situations. get into what that means in a bit. testers for the magazine say they does covered the problem during the routine test of the suv. that o
things and they all work. >> toyota buckles up and bears down in the face of another public relations headache. we'll tell you why a consumers group is urging people to not buy this luxury suv model. >>> toyota takes another hit. consumer reports is issuing a stern warning to car buyers not to buy the lexus gx 460. stephanie elam in new york to explain why. it's one problem after another for toyota. >> seriously, kyra. as far as "consumer reports" is concerned this particular issue is a serious one. the magazine put a don't buy warning on the lexus gx 460 suv and it hasn't used that warning in nine years. the problem is safety. "consumer reports" found the suv has a high risk of roll overs. the electronic stability control failed to keep the vehicle in line during tests. as for tote a it's going to try to duplicate the tests, but in the meantime the automaker says the 2010 gx 460 meets or exceeds all federal requirements. >> toyota is already dealing with a pr nightmare because of january's recall, i mean, 8 million vehicle. what does the latest wrinkle mean for the company? >> well,
this morning an urgent warning about another toyota vehicle. "consumer reports" says the new lexus gx-460 is not safe and you should not buy it. jennifer westhoven is looking out for you. >> it is very rare for "consumer reports" to say anything like that, that's so, you know, it almost sounds inflammatory, don't buy it. you rarely see that. often they'll say we don't recommend it, or we like this better. but that's what it's saying about the 2010 lexus gx460, says it can tip over during a turn if you're on an exit ramp because there's a problem with the electronic stability control. only about 5,000 have been sold so far. we have been trying to contact lexus early this morning for some kind of a response. they did talk to the detroit free press so lex success saying "we take a serious look at this and appreciate "consumer reports" bringing it to our attention." they're saying it does exceed all federal safety requirements. we'll keep an eye on that one. >> a lot of recalls lately. thanks so much, jen. >>> two astronauts from the space shuttle "discovery" are doing their last space walk o
are receiving stem cells from the same person, it carefully screened healthy adults. >> next up, toyota has a bad reputation recently. see what the auto maker is doing. >> next, why you will want to cash in your carry- what if it snowed chocolate? what if sweet mocha fell from the y? [ male announcer ] mcdonald's new mccafé frappe. a creamy blend of ice, coffee and mocha. or caramel. mmm. sweet. ♪ ba da ba ba ba >>> more frustrating fees at the airport. >> spirit airlines is going to start charging for carry-on bags. caroline lyders is live at the airport. >> we were worried when they started charging us for checked bags, but now most airlines do that. now spirit airlines igoing to charge for bags we carry on as well. it bills itself as the leading all-time low cost carrier. it was the first to add this new cost, up to $45 each way for bags put in the overhead bin. >> it would miniseries reconsider whether a one to fly on spirit. >> the airline says it gives customers the choice to pay for what they want. at reagan national, passengers were not buying it. >> i think they are trying to ma
.  >>> welcome back. there is more bad news for toyota. its upscale lexus suv was hit with a safety rating so bat that consumers being told not to buy it. it was given a don't buy rating from consumer reports. this is the first time in nine years the group has issued that warning. lexus has stopped selling the vehicle t says engineers conducted similar tests and didn't find that problem. it also says the lexus gs 460 meets or exceeds all of the federal government's testing. stay with us. in our 9:00 hour, a representative from toyota will join us live hoping to give us more insight into the latest development. we'll ask her about it. >>> president barack obama will travel to poland today this weekend to attend the state funeral for the polish president. the president and his wife died in a plane crash on saturday along with 94 other people. the victims included 18 lawmakers. yesterday, dignitaries attended a mass to honor those who died. >>> first lady michelle obama made an unannounced visit to earthquake ravaged haiti. she and jill biden took a helicopter tour of the area of port-au-prince. the
behind with the u.s. geological survey. >>> toyota getting ready to leave a p.r. nightmare in the rearview mirror and today they will decide if they will fight over the faulty gas pedals or pay the $16.4 million fine. the company is ready to write the check. toyota has had evidence about sticky gas pedals but waited four months to issue the recall. >>> the fed picking up the pace in a criminal investigation of former mortgage giant countrywide financial corporation and its role in the meltdown of the housing industry. the paper did not offer details on what charges could emerge. a grand jury began hearing testimony last year. >>> the president planning to take his pitch for financial reform on the road. a white house spokeswoman announced the president will travel to different parts of the country lobbying for new rules for wall street. no word on where he plans to visit or when he will head out but the hope is getting the public on his side could help put the pressure on republicans who oppose the bill. they say it creates more problems than it solves. >>> pope benedict xv
, everyone. >>> today, toyota is agreeing to pay a record fine stemming from its gas pedal problems. tom costello is in washington with more. good morning. >> reporter: today is the deadline for toyota to accept or fight a $16.4 million fine. the company is expected to pay up, the largest fine ever assessed by the government against a car maker. the government alleges toyota knew about sticking gas pedals last september, but hid the effects and issued a recall. toyota is facing mounting civil lawsuits as well as criminal investigations. a $16 million fine for toyota is really not significant, but it is yet another strike against the company's reputation. toyota recalled 2.3 million vehicles in january for the sticking accelerator. the company has recalled more than 8 million vehicles worldwide because of acceleration problems and braking problems. a government official tells nbc news by paying the full civil penalty, toyota is accepting responsibility for hiding this safety defect from nhtsa, the national highway safety administration, in violation of the law. it now has 30 days to write
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%. >>> another recall for toyota. monday it was the 2010 lexus gx460, a luxury suv that consumer reports warned last week was a safety risk. >>> and finally he may have been unable to tell a lie, but apparently that didn't stop founding father george washington from forgetting to return library books. records uncovered recently at new york city's oldest library show the nation's first president technically owes 220 years worth of late fees. that's about $300,000 on two books he never returned. the library says they're going to waive the fine, but they do want the books back. >>> well, the great eight leads the caps. the nuggets clash with the jazz. and time-out for fun in baseball. king james rocks the house. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. >>> in your tuesday weather, a big storm system for the west coast and showers in the southeast. your forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today." >>> good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." and in sports, last night lebron james and the cleveland cavaliers took the next step towards what they see as th
the government decided not to bail them out. >>> toyota is recalling nearly 10,000 lexus suvs because of a rollover risk. it stopped selling the 2010 gx 460 last week. that was after consumer reports gave it a rare don't buy rating. the automaker says dealerships can solve the problem by updating some software in the vehicle's stability control system. >>> college students hoping to replace their bulky computers and laptops with the ipad may face some technical difficulties. a number of schools from george washington university to cornell and princeton report problems with wireless connections. the tech issues have even led some schools to ban the ipad for now at least. >>> and here's your first look at what appears to be the newest iphone. the tech website gizmo do says it got the device after it was accidently left behind in a bar near apple headquarters in california. the phone is slimmer than the current model, has a longer lasting battery, and a camera for video conferencing. apple had no comment, but, michelle, i don't think i'd want to be the employee who lost that phone. >> no
in iraq. >>> toyota is recalling thousands of 2010 electric lexu. that's the vehicle "consumer reports" issued a safety warning about last week. >>> the white house says president obama will deliver the eulogy at a memorial service on sunday for those 29 miners who died this month in west virginia. >>> dorothy height, a key 1960s civil rights activist, died this morning. she was the matriarch of the civil rights movement working alongside reverend martin luther king jr. and others. speaking with nbc news, she answered a question about her message for young people. >> people are struggling for jobs and freedom. we're going to have to make the laws work. >> and when that day comes? >> and when that day comes, we'll be able to say as dr. king said, we're free at last. >> dorothy height was 98 years old. >>> it is now 9:05. now let's get another check of the weather from al. >> what a tremendous lady. >>> let's show you what's going on as far as your western's concerned. jet stream band of air 20,000 feet above the earth's surface, still coming across iceland, across the atlantic and into
. thank you. >>> the "associated press" reports toyota executive wrote an internal e-mail that the company needed to, "come clean" about accelerator problems just five days before it announced a massive recall. a.p. says toyota warned european, russian, and middle eastern distributors about the problems months before it notified american regulators. general morl motors says it los $4.3 billion in the last half of 2009 as it struggled to repay government loans and emerge from bankruptcy, but they say there is a chance it will be profitable this year. the nation's largest auto maker reports a large gain in domestic market share in the first three months of 2010. >>> stocks were down today. the dow lost 72.5. the s&p 500 dropped 7. nasdaq gave back 5 2/3. >>> one of president obama's top economic advisors paul volcker is talking about a controversial new tax to help battle the deficit. fox business network correspondent peter barnes is here to tell us about the value-added tax. otherwise known as the v.a.t. good evening, peter. what is the v.a.t.? >> well, it's basically a national sales tax
war against the u.s. >>> toyota is recalling 600,000 sienna minivans because of spare tire cables that could rust. and toyota engineers have confirmed that the 2010 lexus gs-460 can roll over as "consumer reports" found in a don't-buy warning. >>> and finally, a wisconsin man has found what may be a piece of that fiery meteor that lid up the sky. the frag mant hment has a black trust. experts say he'll probably be coming home with a meteor -- >> how long did you work on that? >> a couple hours. >> we have a thing about puns here, jeremy. you're a guest, we'll let that slide. >> meteorites, volcanos. >> i feel like i'm twiddling my thumbs. >>> good morning to you. let's go to lubbock, texas. to the scene -- that's not lubbock, texas, yes, it is. lubbock has seen 10 inches of rain since january 1st. a record. you can see getting around town was not very easy. there was some structural damage in and around lubbock. unfortunately, that system sits over it. in between l >> the cold front is finally moving just to the south of the d.c. get ready. a much cooler day compared to yesterday
of a two- year study. >>> as toyota trys to recover from his massive car recall, the automaker extending the deadline through the month of april on the incentives. the company will offer discounts on leases on 8 models including the camry, corolla and rav 4 and toyota is offering 0 financing and maintenance program. it's helped lift sales more than 40% last month. >>> a consumer alert that will not make flyers happy. spirit airlines is going to start charging you for carry-on bags. you have to pay between 20 and $45 each way. the wall street journal reports that spirit will be the first airline in the world to charge for carry-on bags and you can take one bag that fits underneath your seat for free. it will reduce the amount of carry-on luggage, obviously, and help passengers exit the plane faster once it lands. >>> while you're at it, maybe you would like nicer luggage for your trip? aaa and goodwill are offering trade-in program. they taking donations of gently- used luggage. in exchange, you can get a couper for $5 or $20 off a piece of l
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for not telling the government about the gas pedals. they said toyota knew about the accelerators for four months. log onto for more. >>> even the father of our country wasn't above an overdue library book now and then. they're trying to track down two books that are 220 years overdue, they were due back, they don't care about the fines, they do want the books back. >> anonymously. >> those fines, they equate to our national debt. sorry, president washington. >> just return them no questions asked. not going to happen. >>> coming up on eyewitness news at 4:00, second-hand smoke, how dangerous is it? new evidence coming up. >>> swimming in the inner harbor, why some people believe it could happen. that story when we continue. >>> dry, mild weather returns, bob is updating the first warning forecast. >> wjz 13 is always on, go to for the stop stories and updates and the weather, go to >>> now complete warning and the first warning of severe weather. >> great day. >> beautiful day. we need a lot of sunshine, it started off chilly and was a frost in many areas, temperature
.m.. >> the federal government is colliding with toyota in what could be the largest fine against an auto maker. tonight at 6:00 p.m., while the transportation department is going for the maximum penalty. also, republican chairman michael steele is responding to criticism of spending in fund raising. >> we heard not complaining about the weather for a few days. >> let's check in with doug. >> a couple of minutes ago, we were shoveling in talking about nonstop snow, and these are what we are dreaming about. let's take a look at some of the numbers. we will look back across the river. it is picture-perfect. we have a couple of more war days before any changes had our way. -- a couple of more warm days before any changes had our way. -- had our way -- head our way. this pattern will continue a little while longer. i think this will diminish and go away. we are looking at a larger area of storms. this is moving across indiana and i think a lot of this will wash away. high pressure is large and in charge. 80s for us and maybe 90s just to the south. the metro area will hit the upper 80s and that will
was 98 years old. >>> toyota is recalling thousands of 2010 lexus gx-460s to fix software and the electronics stability control systems. "consumer reports" issued a safety warning about the car last week. >>> prob's pesident obama's preg a tough fight for democrats this november. he spoke last night at a california fund-raiser for senator barbara boxer. at one event he was heckled by protesters calling for the repeal of the don't ask, don't tell policy for gays in the military. the president says he's already asked congress to repeal it. >>> police are looking for a motive this morning following a deadly shooting outside a knoxville, tennessee hospital. they say a gunman took a taxi to the hospital on monday, paid the driver to wait, then opened fire killing a woman and wounding two others before taking his own life. officials do not think the gunman knew the victims. >>> a new study finds that one-third of u.s. teenagers with cell phones send more than 100 text messages a day. the study by the pew internet and american life project says that texting is now the main way th
. >>> and toyota recalls leading to more trouble. at 8:00 this morning the federal government slapping the company with a new record penalty. that is coming up in a few minutes. >>> and an update on the situation in haiti. d.c. congresswoman eleanor holmes norton is back today from a trip to the earthquake ravaged region and she'll join us live as well. stay with us. 7:39. can i eat heart healthy without giving up taste? a man can only try... and try...and try. i heard eating whole grain oats can help lower my cholesterol. it's gonna be tough. my wife and i want to lower our cholesterol, but finding healthy food that tastes good is torturous. your father is suffering. [ male announcer ] honey nut cheerios tastes great and can help lower cholesterol. bee happy. bee healthy. ♪ [ wind howling ] [ male announcer ] it balances you... [ water crashing ] [ male announcer ] fills you with energy... and it gives you what you're looking for to live a more natural life, in a convenient two bar pack. this is nature valley... delicious granola bars made with 100% natural ingredients. nature
and why the fbi is getting involved. plus, new troubles for toyota. the first time in nine years the "consumer reports" has issued a don't buy it warning for an s.u.v. it has nothing to do with the recalls.  >>> a pressure cooker of sorts for the american idol finalists. >> with nine contestants left the judges are out of saves and two will be voted off this week. >> one of these nine faces will be the next "american idol." >> reporter: double the pressure for idol surviving nine. after big mike got saved by the judges, two contestants will be sent home this week. >> we will do the best we can individually every week. whoever america votes for or doesn't vote for will decide. it's all good. >> everybody will go great and get on the songs, prepare hard and be ready. >> reporter: right now crystal is considered a front runner by the judges. she knows there is a lot of road ahead of her. >> nothing is sure in this kind of show. anything can happen. there are a lot of really talented people here. there is no front-runner in this kind of thing. from week to week
, disney, pepsi, and what stunned me, toyota. >> i don't understand that. >> the toyota one i don't understand 'cause my daughter is very intelligent, but doesn't recognize toyota at all. i don't know where at that came from. >> i don't know that either, but this is from-- by the way the university of madison and university of michigan, researchers got together and tested three year olds to see about their brand awareness and it's interesting because they say it's not all-- it would worry us, oh, no, our children have been invaded by big corporations and able to identify brands and gotten a hold of their brains and brain washing them. the researchers have a different take and think it's good news somehow? >> it does happen earlier than three, my two-year-old was never going to mcdonald's, but every time we'd drive by the arches he says in the back seat, mcdonald's, i don't know why, he'd never been there. my four-year-old walked through the mall and said hey, let's go to barnes & noble. how did you know it was barnes & noble? it was the logo. >> i'm down the street on a road trip
know. it's the volkswagen polo, so who it beat or what it beat is the toyota prius, the mercedes e class and winner for world performance car, so that's probably performance car, it's the audi rv-10. that's probably if you were on a racetrack or really into feeling not necessarily the value. best green car, volkswagen's passat and the polo. i'll try to get more on exactly what they're looking for there. >>> you probably know if you go to a drive-through, you can get a big mac, a coffee, you can get a beer if you're so inclined. what about driving up to a walmart and getting a coffee pot or power tools. some big-name retailers are trying out drive-throughs because they tried it in things like the brew through in north carolina. let me tell you, that had robin giggling this morning. pictures like that. but now there are stores like sears and walmart that are testing out the idea. that's in this morning's "chicago tribune" and that's because they're trying to make it easy on you so if you want to pull up and order your vacuum, maybe you don't want to go in the store and look at all of
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against toyota. it wants 16.3 $million for some coming fast enough about defective gas pedals. that is the largest civil penalty ever issued against an automaker. that's it from cnbc. now back to "hardball." >>> welcome back to "hardball." nearing the 90th birthday, supreme court justice john paul stevens gave interview this is weekend that put him on the cover of both "the new york times" and "the washington post." on sunday, not so subtle indication that he is planning to retire and give president obama yet another chance to fill a vacancy on the supreme court. stevens told "washington post," quote, i can tell you that i love the job and deciding whether to leave sit a very difficult decision but i want to make it in a way that's best for the court. justice stevens wants what's best for the court but how tough a fight will president obama have this time around with republicans in congress? ron christie, republican strategist. and willie brown, former mayor of san francisco and former speaker of the california state assembly. you're both attorneys. let's start in that light.
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